Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools. Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called “Best of Fair”, advance directly to the international competition.
Seeking Judges Now
Judges and volunteers are needed for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival coming up in February at the Palmer Events Center. This is a great opportunity for people interested in meeting the next generation of young scientists from Central Texas.
Austin Science Education Foundation is seeking subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, group members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. (The Junior Division Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.
Judging for next year’s Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 17, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the weekend prior to the fair.
Anyone interested in judging or volunteering, Please Register